How to Up-Cycle a 1960's Cork Board

I found it at an estate sale and knew there was some potential for a great up-cycle here. 
How to Upcycle a 1960's Cork Board

It is an annual sale I visit every year and usually find at least one thing I can up-cycle and sell. Last year I found a great pile of stuff and one of them even ended up on Apartment Therapy recently! You can visit that project by clicking on the black links. 

This time I found this old, interesting cork board and I brought it home just to see what I could do with it. 
How to Upcycle an old 1960's Cork Board

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I began by taping-off the cork with Frog Tape. Frog tape is the best tape I know for keeping paint from leaking under the edges. 
I wanted to keep the cork the natural color and painting it might yellow the paint. I could use a spray sealer on the cork and then paint it but I didn't want to make the cork too hard. 
Taping off the cork for paint

I wiped down the wood before I painted it with Krud Kutter that cleans old wood well then used Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk to paint the wood. 
Cork board painted white and waiting to dry

One of my very favorite stencils is one of a bee. You can find it by clicking on this affiliate link. The bee was the perfect stencil for this project and his little bee belly fit perfectly around the hole in the wood! 
Bee stencil on a cork board.

The only thing left to do was to use a sanding block to distress the edges of this cute little cork board. 
Cork board with black bee stencil.

I found little bee thumb tacks that were just what this cork board needed. 
Cork board with bee thumb tacks

I knew if I brought this home from the estate sale I could make this piece new again and give it a little farmhouse style. 
Repurposed cork board into a farmhouse bulletin board

Bee stenciled cork board with bee thumb tacks.

Take a look at a few more repurposed cork boards. Click on the bold links to be taken to the tutorials:
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


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    1. Thanks so much! It was a quick and easy update!

  2. Come on, those bee thumb tacks couldn't be more fitting and adorable. Love the update you gave this corkboard, Susan!

    1. Marie, I just couldn't resist! It was a cool old piece and the bee stencil worked!


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